Denise is the sister-in-law to Scott Wilson who is a B3 golfer. She has been an instrumental part of Scott Wilson’s business in Ontario, Oregon for the past 36 years. Denise was kindly convinced by Scott that she would be a perfect fit as Treasurer for the USBGA and she did not have to be a golfer. She replaced long time Treasurer Mary Jane Popp in the fall of 2016. She is an avid gardener who enjoys family and living on her small hobby farm with her critters.
After graduating from Palmerton, Pennsylvania High School in 1972, Sheila attended Allentown General Hospital School of Radiological Technology. She worked at a large Trauma Center until losing her sight in 1982. Ten years later, Sheila started to play golf even though she was totally blind.
Sheila joined the USBGA in 1995 as a B1 blind golfer. She was the only female participating in USBGA tournaments.
In 2002, Sheila was elected to the USBGA Board of Directors. She served as a B1 Board Member until 2009 when she was elected President. She served as President from 2009 until 2011. Sheila served as the Past President Advisor to the Board for nine years.
She made golf history in 2007 by sinking an ace on a 144-yard, par-three hole at the Mahoning Valley Country Club, near her home in northeastern Pennsylvania. The National Hole-In-One Association honored Sheila by sponsoring her induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame Hole-In-One Registry, the world’s leading registrar of golf holes-in-one.
Sheila has also served on many Tournament Committees and currently chairs the Membership Committee.
In her spare time, she likes to play golf with her husband, Keith, who is also her Coach. Both Sheila and Keith are actively involved in their Church.
Tom Mirus was elected to the Professional Golfers’ Association of America in 1980. In 2000, he qualified for Life Membership in 2000 and for the Quarter Century Club in 2005. He is among the elite PGA members who are certified Playing Ability Test Examiners; Tom conducts the qualifying rounds for players to be considered for the PGA of America’s Golf Professional Management Program. The North Florida Section of the PGA presents a Standard of Excellence award annually to a select few members “in recognition of outstanding performance in Education, Participation and Service.” Tom has received this prestigious award seven times.
Tom also holds the distinction of being the only PGA of America member who has been legally blind since birth. In 2019 and 2020, the East Central Chapter of the North Florida PGA awarded Tom the Deacon Palmer Award, named after Arnold Palmer’s father in recognition of a PGA professional who displays outstanding integrity, character and leadership in the effort to overcome a major obstacle in their life. In 2020 Tom received the same award for the North Florida Section PGA.
In May 2019, Tom received the Dennis Walters Courage Award presented by the International Network of Golf (ING) at their Spring Conference in Sebring, FL. Past USBGA President Bob Andrews received the same award in 1997.
Tom owns a Golfweek Amateur Tour franchise, which boasts a membership of more than 200 players. Holding tournaments on central Florida’s best courses, along with Tom’s expertise in tournament administration, have made the Golfweek Amateur Tour the fastest growing tour in central Florida. There are 50 local Golfweek Amateur Tours across the country and Tom was honored as National Director of the Year in 2012.
In 1998, Tom was invited to serve as the Senior Rules Official at the 1998 World Blind and Vision Impaired Championships hosted by the USBGA. He has served as the Senior Rules Official at the USBGA national tournaments since. The association also asked Tom to serve as its Director of Education. He has conducted seminars for fellow PGA professionals on teaching and coaching blind golfers. Tom has served as the Senior Rules Official at the Corcoran Cup since 2001. The event is now called the Pat W. Browne, Jr. Memorial Tournament.
He served as the Tournament Director for the 71st US Blind Golf Association National Championship played at Palm Aire CC in Sarasota, FL in September 2016 and is doing the same again at the 75th Championship in 2021 (postponed from 2020) at the Omni ChampionsGate Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Golf became his greatest passion, lifelong companion, and career focus. His goal is to share his knowledge and give back to the game that has given him so much.
Bob began playing Blind Golf in 2016 in the B2 category. Bob lives in Northern California and plays golf when not working for a large health care company.
Bob maintains our Website and social media to ensure our members have the most up-to-date information.
Phil has been a member of the USBGA since 2004. He served on the Board of Directors as a B2 Representative and several terms as Vice President. Currently he serves as the Handicap Chairman and the Election/Voting Chair.
Born and raised in the south, Phil currently resides in central Florida with his wife, Patty and the youngest of their seven children. Phil and Patty operate a vending business through the Bureau of Business Enterprise (BBE). In his spare time he plays golf, travels, and enjoys his grandchildren.